The Thug Who Runs AHIP Doesn’t Like Being “Villified”, So She Comes Out Swinging With A Pack Of Lies

Karen Ignagni the CEO of AHIP, held a conference call with members of the press this morning. I am persona non grata with AHIP, but perhaps Jane got by the AHIP screeners (remind you of the George Bush towh hall meetings?), and will be able to give us her impressions of what transpired.

Before the call, AHIP posted Karen’s opening statement on it’s web site, it’s worth reading.  Here’s her take home message. Mind you she actually calls this drivel, facts.  What’s posted is nonsense. The most egregious falsehood in my opinion, is that she says, "Out of every dollar the nation spends on health care, one penny goes to health plan profits".

“With that in mind, there are five facts we believe all Americans should know:

  • Health plans have proposed comprehensive health care reform to cover all Americans, make care more affordable, and improve quality.
  • Health plans proposed health insurance reform last year.
  • Health plans have proposed far-reaching initiatives to bend the health cost curve and make care more affordable for individuals, families, and employers.
  • Health plans are advocating and advertising in support of bipartisan reform.
  • Out of every dollar the nation spends on health care, one penny goes to health plan profits.

“Our community includes thousands of dedicated, conscientious Americans who are working hard across the country to try and improve health care.  They are ordinary Americans from all walks of life who are raising their families and contributing to their communities. They do not deserve to be demonized or vilified as part of a campaign to distract attention away from the sinking support for a government-run program.”

Good try, Ms. Ignagni, nice how you twist reality.  

Here’s the truth, because of our fragmented healthcare system, the U.S. spends one-third (31 percent) of Americans’ health dollars on delivering profits to Wall Street, needless administration and wasteful overhead.

Here’s the take home message from the American people to Ms. Ignagni, her paid teabaggers, and all those who seek to perpetuate the murderous status quo in the United States (PDF):

Now let’s talk about Ms. Ignagni’s crocodile tears for those good dedicated insurance industry workers so unfairly maligned. What a load of horse shit. You bet they’re dedicated.  Is she referring to the dedicated employees of Blue Cross in California who received bonuses based on the policies they successfully rescinded and the claims they unjustly denied?

 The CEO of AHIP is a sociopath. Drive a stake through the heart of this evil industry.

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